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Quick Instant Pot Hobo Meals (Foil Packets)

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Hobo meals are great for when you are camping on an open fire, but did you know you can create that same style of a foil packet meal in your oven or the Instant Pot? Today I wanted to share these quick Instant Pot Hobo Meals (Foil Packets) that the entire family will love. A seasoned ground beef patty, comforting and hearty veggies and potatoes, topped with seasonings that make this an all-in-one dish that is perfect any day of the week. Best of all, this quick hobo meal is versatile, so even the pickiest eaters will love it.

Quick Instant Pot Hobo Meals (Foil Packets)

Quick and Hobo Meals or Easy Foil Packet Meals 

The first time I had a hobo meal was camping when I was young. I watched my dad toss in potatoes, a handful of vegetables and a hamburger patty, with a dollop of butter and spices, and wrapped tightly in aluminum foil. Then he tossed it over the fire and let it cook away. I was amazed when he pulled open the foil a complete meal was waiting in perfect single serve sizes. We pretty much ate them only when we went camping. 

Easy Instant Pot Hobo Meals

So when I got older and began cooking, I craved that comforting hobo meal my dad used to make. So I pulled out my Instant Pot and started placing veggies and a hamburger patty in foil and create a quick and easy dinner. My husband loved Quick Instant Pot Hobo Meals (Foil Packets), and we served it up with a dinner roll and side salad, and life was good that night. The Instant Pot saves you from dealing with a fire like when you are roughing it in the woods. It is a super quick meal that will fill you up. 

Easy Instant Pot Hobo Meals

Some Vegetables to Add To The Quick Instant Pot Hobo Meals (Foil Packets)

Now if you have picky eaters let me help you out. These foil packet meals are a breeze to make, and best of all create a foil packet to fit everyone’s taste buds. Or maybe you have a garden that is producing an abundance of produce you want to get used up; I have run into that as well. These hobo foil packets are a perfect way to use up your veggies. 

  • Green Beans
  • Carrots
  • Asparagus
  • Onions
  • Peppers
  • Potatoes
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Brussels Sprouts 
  • Zucchini
  • Tomatoes

As you can see you can truly customize this to fit with the foods you have on hand or what you like. I love potatoes and green beans, but those are two of my favorite vegetables. Sometimes I go the pepper and onion route, that is my husband’s favorites. No matter what you toss in, they turned out flavorful and cooked to tender perfection! 

If you love quick weeknight meals you will also love my Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken PastaBeef Tips and Gravy with Mashed Potatoes Or Even my Chicken Pot Pie Casserole

Easy Instant Pot Hobo Meals

Easy Instant Pot Hobo Meals

Easy Instant Pot Hobo Meals

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Easy Instant Pot Hobo Meals that the entire family will love. A seasoned ground beef patty, comforting and hearty veggies and potatoes, topped with seasonings that make this an all-in-one dish that is perfect any day of the week.


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 cup grated parm cheese
  • 4 potatoes
  • 2 cups green beans
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 tbsp butter


  1. Mix together ground beef, egg, seasons, Parm cheese, and breadcrumbs.
  2. Form 4 Patties
  3. Open a large piece of foil. Slice thick slices of potatoes.
  4. In each foil place potatoes, a Pattie, and green beans.
  5. Place one cup of water in the bottom of your pot.
  6. Seal each foil packet completely 
  7. Place all packets on a trivet
  8. Cook on manual high pressure for 35 minutes.
  9. Do a quick release

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 721Total Fat: 37gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 189mgSodium: 558mgCarbohydrates: 54gFiber: 7gSugar: 5gProtein: 43g

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  1. Could these be frozen either before or after cooking? I am cooking for one and would love to eat 1 and freeze 3.

    1. As someone who makes our own tinfoil/hobo dinners frequently, I wouldn’t recommend freezing the veggies. However, it’s easy to take ONE portion of seasoned, ready-to-cook hamburger from the freezer and toss it into the foil. Most people always have potatoes on hand, and a small bag of baby carrots or frozen green beans could be added. Much easier. 🙂

  2. I was also wondering if these could be made up, wrapped and frozen to cook later. How would the time differ?

  3. Question. I’m a single person and would probably be cooking no more than 2 patties with potatoes and veggies. How should I adjust cooking time? Love your recipes btw! 🙂

    1. I just made it now for supper. I pressure cooked it for 8+8+6+4+4= 24 minutes. Before it was done. I cooked it in stages just to see how much time it really needed.

  4. I’m guessing the butter goes on top of everything, it didn’t say. Also I had to use two pots because 4 foil packs would not fit in my 6qt. Can’t wait to try!

  5. Hi, I lve your recipes to the Instant Pot, I have one, and sometimes when I fix something especially meat, they just don’t come out the way the cook books says, I made a roast and I did the cooking time just as it said, and the meat would not pull apart like the book said, instead of pulled beef , mine was take a knife and slice it!!!! help please and keep posting.

  6. My burger was over cooked and the potatoes were underdone . It seems everyone else had good luck oh well . It had good flavor

  7. You just gave me a great idea! These would be such a great thing to make ahead of time before camping. Then all you have to do is take them out and put them over the campfire or on a grill to heat them up. Less mess in the kitchen well camping.

    1. Made tonight and perfect! I have 4 kids, very busy, 16 down to 4 years old. I will most definitely be freezing beforehand and then cooking.

  8. I used sliced potatoes and sliced carrots with my hamburger patties. The potatoes were almost cooked but the carrots were almost raw. If I were to make them again, I would add at least another 15 minutes to the cook time.

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  10. I followed the recipe as written. The only thing I did differently is add 1 TBSP butter per packet as I think that’s what was intended with the recipe, even though it’s not in the instructions, just the ingredients. I sliced baby gold potatoes and they were done perfectly at 35 minutes. My only change in the future will be to add more green beans per packet as we didn’t feel there were enough. I may also try different veggies. It was a surprisingly yummy recipe! Usually I have to make a lot of changes to recipes I find online-this one doesn’t need any (except to add the butter in the directions!) Thanks for a really good and simple recipe.

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